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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Modern Punk / Artist: Green Day / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2007-10-29 at Epitaph

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      01.08.2009 00:11
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      A worthy Green Day album for any fan

      1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours was Green Days first full album release back in 1991 when they were about 18. The album is really a compilation of previous EPs released by the band under the indie lable Lookout Records. The title comes from the names of the EPs the song were taken from (1000 Hours, 89 Smooth and Slappy EP) all merged together. The album does not feature the current Green Day line up as Tre Cool was recruited after this record was released, John Kiffmeyer (aka Al Sobrante) is the drummer in this record. The songs are very different from current Green Day, mainly because of the age of the trio, all the songs are much more poppy and mostly about girls and the troubles of being a teenager. Still this is a very good record by a band who were still starting out and finding their feet at the time with some actually very good songs. At The Library, Why Do You Want Him, Paper Lanterns, 409 In Your Coffeemaker and Only of You are all excellant songs. I would recommend this album to any Green Day fan!

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        greenday at their rawest form

        1039 smoothed out slappy hours was the first major release by greenday, although in actual fact it was a bit of a compliation of recordings put together off many of their LP's.
        It features the band in their rawest form, its great to hear and its easy to see what talent they had back then and how they fine tuned it into becoming the great band they are.

        The first song is called at the library, it is a great song, the whole arrangment of the instruments, the singing and all the different sections the song has to offer are put together so well and it works as a great song.

        Going to pasalacqua is another song I really like off the album, I think the versus are sung really well and the chorus is really nice to listen too as well. Its not the fastest song off the album but more than anything the lyrics are just great and the guitar that goes with them are even better.

        1000 hours is another fantastic one, it starts off fairly slow but it does really get going throughout the song. Its sung very well and the drumming to this is really great as well.

        1. At The Library
        2. Don't Leave Me
        3. I Was There
        4. Disappearing Boy
        5. Green Day
        6. Going To Pasalacqua
        7. 16
        8. Road To Acceptance
        9. Rest
        10. The Judges Daughter
        11. Paper Lanterns
        12. Why Do You Want Him?
        13. 409 In Your Coffeemaker
        14. Knowledge
        15. 1,000 Hours
        16. Dry Ice
        17. Only Of You
        18. The One I Want
        19. I Want To Be Alone

        This album was a great one from greenday, it doesn't contain their greatest songs ever, but its their first album, it was when they were still all very young and the fact they were coming up with great material even back then is pretty good, so I really enjoyed this album even listening to it after I had heard their more recent stuff.

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          22.10.2003 06:48
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          GREEN DAY - 1039/SMOOTHED OUT SLAPPY HOURS ------------------------------------------- Green Day have been one of my favourite bands for quite some time now, since I first heard 'Basket Case' and 'Longview', from 1994's 'Dookie' album. These singles really took Green Day to the top of the charts and into multi platinum sales, with Dookie being one of the highest selling albums in years. The band has released a total of 8 albums, two of these are best of collections. The band is probably most famous for its singles such as 'Basket Case', 'Time of your life' and 'Minority'. What a lot of people don't realize is that the band had been going for quite some years before the mainstream smash albums. In fact the band formed in the mid 80's, when teenage school friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt decided to form a band. They were originally known as 'Sweet Children', but in 1989 the band changed their name, and the rest is history. The band were heavily influenced by local bands such as Mr T Experience and Operation Ivy, whilst also being inspired by bands such as The Replacements and the Beatles. Before the band joined a major label where they released the classic Dookie and later albums, the group was on the small indie label, Lookout Records, home of many great punk bands such as Mr T Experience and Operation Ivy. This was their first album,released in 1990, which consists of two Eps, 1000 hours and Slappy ep, it also has their first full length LP, 39/smooth. MEMBERS -------- The band consists of. Billie Joe Armstrong - Guitar and Vocals. Mike Dirnt - Bass. Al Sobrante (John Kiffmeyer) - Drums. After the release of this album, John left to go to college and also joined a few small punk bands. He was replaced by Tre Cool, who is still the dr
          ummer to this day. THE ALBUM --------- This album is 19 tracks long, so im not going to do a full track by track review, or you would all get bored! Ill just give a few of the best and worst on offer. The album clocks in at 56 minutes, which offers good value for money. --AT THE LIBRARY-- The first thing you notice with the opening track, is the sound quality isn't quite what we've come to expect from this great band, but then again it was recorded for about 400 dollars, and this doesn't distract from the great tunes on offer such as this one. Opening with a nice fast paced chuggy little riff, it gives a good idea of what is to come for the rest of the album. With some nice simple pop type guitar sounds and the kicking drumming by John, this has a real bouncy feel. The vocals have a quite nasally sound to them, but never too much that it annoys you. This song really shows the talent that the band has, and is a great view of the early raw talent. --DONT LEAVE ME-- This opens with a quite rocking riff, which is a bit harder than most of the others on offer. The drums hold a fairly nice beat, although John doesn't seem to have quite as much talent as the later drummer Tre Cool. The one main downfall of this track is the lack of a real chorus, this is basically just Billie singing one line a couple of times and calling it a chorus, but the album cant all be good! --DISAPPEARING BOY-- This is like a very early blue print for the music on the Dookie album, with some great driving guitars and solid drumming, the bass line is also top notch. Opening with a simple little riff, with the vocals kicking in almost instantly. The song boasts a very catchy chorus, with backing vocals provided by Mike, in all the right places. The song shows Billie giving a fair bit of emotion in his voice, --GREEN DAY--
          This song named after the band is a very bass and drum driven tune, with Johns drum playing really bringing the track into another level completely. Another fast paced tune, with another top quality chorus, which wont fail to get you singing. Other than that the tune is quite similar to what has been heard already. But still good. --GOING TO PASALACQUA-- This is one of the stand out songs on this collection, and really shows that the band always had the talent to make the big time. This is still a stable part of their live sets, and sits nicely next to all the top 10 hits, which shows how good it is. Another fast tune, with a catchy guitar tune driving you through the song, with Billie singing one of his best choruses to date. --16-- This song is quite similar in style to 'When i come around' from dookie, with its catchy crunchy riff, the tune is not overly fast, which offers a bit of a change from most of the other offerings. The vocals are top notch as usual, with some nice link ups between Billie and Mike during the verses. --THE JUDGES DAUGHTER-- Another of my favourites, this is just pure pop punk, with everything you want from this sort of song. The tune is made up of a simple 3 chord guitar progression, which although very simple is nonetheless extremely catchy. Billie's vocals are sung at quite a fast pace and offer a lot of melody to the track. Billie even gets the chance to stick a little guitar solo in the middle of the song which normally I don't like, but on this one it works just right. --KNOWLEDGE-- This is a cover of a track by label mates Operation Ivy, who were later to become major band Rancid. This song tacks the original track, which was a fast rocking number, and changes it to an almost easy listening type tune, it sounds like the band had a lot of fun recording it, and
          it shouldn't be taken too seriously. --1000 HOURS-- Another top tune, which wouldn't seem out of place on one of their later albums. A lovely little tune, with lyrics about Billie's love for a girl lasting forever. This is one of those tunes that anyone would like, it isn't offensive, it isn't too loud and it has a lovely little melody playing through it. Almost worth buying the album for alone. --THE ONE I WANT-- Another nice love song, which has a nice riff playing throughout. Billies vocals show a nice amount of emotion, and make you feel what he feels. The music is fairly simple, with the bass and drums holding a fairly simple back up for the main guitar sections. This is another one of those songs that the vocals add to the melody and overall sound. OVERALL -------- Although this isn't as instant as some of the bands later offerings, it still contains some true gems. Well worth a listen if your a fan of the band or are new to the whole pop punk genre and want to hear some of the best early bands. This album is due to be re-released early in 2004 with remastered sound and a few extra tracks and demos, so it might be better to leave it until then, and buy one of the later albums to tide you over. If you like this band then you should check out some of the other bands on Lookout Records, most notably Mr T Experience. Fans should also check out Pinhead Gunpowder, Billie's side project, also on Lookout records. This album should only cost around 10 pounds, and is available from most decent record stores, or you could buy it online from the lookout records website. www.lookoutrecords.com Thanks for reading. Please leave any comments below. Kyle.

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            I just finished reading an op on Playboy, I don't remember how I got there but all I know is that the first thing that came to my head when I read the Playboy op ws Green Day. Yes, you can stop reading now. Anyway, on the Day's first official record, a bundle of an album (39/Smooth) and 2 other EPs, we get a taste of the old Green Day- before they became a household name (well, at least in my family) with the timeless riff of Basket Case and it's screwball lyric "It all keeps adding up, I think I'm cracking up, Am I just paranoid, I am just stoned". And sorry to ruin the surprise folks but, according to this, the Day's "punk" record- Green Day never sold out. For, what we get here is basically Kerplunk's screwball lyrics mixed with Dookie's perfect punk rock, only without the excellent production jobs by Rob Cavallo. That's not to say that this album is bad, because it certainly isn't. It's far superior than Kerplunk, where Green Day still seemed to be finding their niche in the music world but is nowhere near the likes of Dookie and Insomniac. However, forget what you think because this album isn't as stripped down as you might think. There's no pre-fame Blink-182 off-kilter drums and "singing" (all from Buddha) here, neither the in your face loudness of NOFX's Punk In Drublic (far too ovverrated). In the end, this album is suprisingly professional considering the band recorded it when they were barely 18 years old. The melodies are brilliant, blending suitable harmonics with distorted guitars- the singing is youthful, yobbish and just plain fun- and the lyrics, although nowhere near Green Day's latest lyrical prowess, have a sense of sarcasm and fun to them. In short, the album is a flat out adrenaline rush apart from two odd duds. What really striked me though was the abundance of would-be Green Day classic tunes in here if they were released again tod
            ay. The punk/pop eruption of opener At The Library is on a par with Green Day's best material while the lyrics have a nostalgic, downbeat twist to them that makes them absolutely irresistable- "Hey there looking at me, tell me what do you see, but you quickly turn your head away". And it just doesn't stop there, there's a huge sense of freshness that runs around many of the songs on this record hat proves that even when Green Day where at their least professional, they were still running circles around their contemporaries today and before and in the future. Road To Acceptance has one of the truest lyrics I've ever heard backed up by a relentless rhythm section and a thunderous guitar riff, Going To Pasalaqua is one of Green Day's finest songs trashing up anything on Kerplunk or Dookie (no, really) with the essential lyric "Here we go again, infatuation touches me just when I thought that it would end", Paper Lanterns is Basket Case Mk. 1, Why Do You Want Him (the first song Billie Joe Armstrong ever wrote) is touching pop/punk with a hooky vocal number, their cover of Operation Ivy's Knowledge converts the original thrashing "I hate you" number to a more spaced out ska version of it that tumbles along like a fresh breeze on a weekend morning, even though the lyrics are suitably deadbest "All I know is that I don't know nothing", Dry Ice has a dreamy feel about it with Mike Dirnt doing a fine job on backing vocals that nearly make the instruments used unaudible while closer I Want To Be Alone is a mickey take of The Who's My Generation having a more user-friendly, fun feel to it and much better lyrics "Please don't think I'm crazy, I don't want you too understand, Too hell with your helping hand". The material on here is absolutely astounding. However, no album is free from the odd dud-even the best (Pinkerton- Getchoo, Nevermind- Stay Away, Insom
            niac- Walking Contradiction). And here there are two- the unbelievably boring Rest that seems like a lullaby and the trashy riff and annoying chorus of Don't Leave Me when Billie tries to sound like a hard guy metal hero. Buy if you're a fan, avid or on/off- it's good.

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            The Green Day line-up was different on this record Tre Cool hadn't yet joined, so drums where provided by John Keftimeyer, who is not as naturally gifted as Tre, but is a capable drummer. John left after this album to go to college, and missed out on Green Day going huge. AT THE LIBRARY This gets the album of to a great start, a simple riff with a great bassline. It's a song about unrequited love, seeing someone you like, but not having the courage to go up and talk to them, wishing they would go away so you could ask them at a better time, and then when you're ready, it's too late. DON'T LEAVE ME Another simple riff, with a more pronounced bassline on this track. It's a short song about how far he'll go to hang on to his girlfriend. Mike's backing vocals really drive this song along well. I WAS THERE Is the first really outstanding song on the album, with a great drumbeat and another great bass, the guitar is slightly quieter, all moving along pretty briskly. This is about looking into the past and remembering old times and trying to live them out again, but at the same time trying to look to the future. It's quite upbeat and lifting, one of the best songs on the album. DISAPPEARING BOY This one has a great little riff; it's another fast one, with more great vocal harmonies from Mike in the background. The lyrics are slightly more obtuse in this song, they're clumsy in places but the tune saves the song. Billie puts himself in the place of a boy who can disappear when things start to go wrong, instead of just running away. GREEN DAY This self-titled track relies heavily on the bass-line and drums; it's more lumbering and dreamy than the previous songs on the album. The lyrics are descriptions of weird things they have seen while smoking more than just cigarettes. GOING TO PASALACQUA This song picks the pace right up again; it'
            ;s another loud song that's driven mainly by the lead guitar. It's a song about the beginnings of infatuation with someone, which comes on just when it's not expected, and the sleepless nights that it brings. Billie sums up his pessimistic view on life saying & Would it last forever, showing he has no confidence in whatever he does going right. 16 This song has a great riff, and a really funky bass line that makes you want to dance. The lyrics are typical of being 16, wanting it to last forever, and slipping back into memories you wish you could live over and over, while wondering what the future holds for you and where exactly you fit in. ROAD TO ACCEPTANCE This is one of the fastest songs on the album, and if you're not jumping around by now, you will be. This song has great pace and vigour, driven by lyrics about growing up and trying to get people to accept you. It's obviously a song about love to, as Billie talks about changing the way he is in order to win her affections. REST This is a really slow, dreamy song, perfect for nighttime listening before you go to sleep. It's a sad love song about trying to win someone's heart, and it's almost as if the song is told in a dream, he talks about the angel dancing away, when he thought things had changed. It sums up how just when you think things are about to get better, things invariably get worse again. THE JUDGE'S DAUGHTER The slow pace doesn't last for long, and the album explodes back into life with this up-tempo rocky number. It's a song about realising you love someone else when you're going without with somebody, and trying to figure out if it's worth changing everything to take a new chance at love. PAPER LANTERNS This song is my favourite on the album; it has great lyrics, a great bassline, and an even better riff, which goes up and down the fret board. It's a song about loving s
            omeone that will never love you back, how you know you will never be more than friends, but you just can't get them off your mind. He just wants these feelings to end, but every time he thinks he's over it, it pops back up again. WHY DO YOU WANT HIM A really fast riff opens this song, and the pace continues the whole way through the song, which compensates somewhat for the simple lyrics in the song. It's a pretty standard song about wondering why this girl stays with this guy who just makes her cry and hurts her all the time. Billie wrote this song about his mother when she was going through trouble with her new boyfriend after Billie's father died. 409 IN YOUR COFFEEMAKER The oddest title on the album is one of the best songs on the album as well. It's another simple riff, and is the first song in a while to make real use of Mike's backing vocals. It's another reflective song, about looking back at what is in the past and wondering where he went wrong and what he could have done to change things for the better. KNOWLEDGE This is a cover of the old Operation Ivy song, and its really cool. It opens with mainly Billie's vocals, and is mainly just a piano, the bass and vocals, until there is a guitar solo in the middle. It's more ska than punk, and it's clearly just them doing one of their favourite songs for a bit of a laugh. The live versions they play now of this song are brilliant, where they get someone out of the audience to play guitar on it. 1,000 HOURS This song resumes normal pace, with a really simple but really fast riff, and an equally simple bassline. It's another love song, again it's imagining what could be, wondering what they'll do when they finally get together, and Billie trying to convey how much he loves her and how sincere his feeling are. DRY ICE This is another of my favourite songs, it's got a fantastic tune, it
            9;s fast, Mike excels on backing vocals and it has really powerful lyrics. It's a really sad song, about dreaming of the girl he loves, only to wake up and find that she's not there, and the deflated feeling that brings. He is desperately trying to tell her how he feels, but he just can't get it out. This is the type of song Green Day do best. ONLY OF YOU Going back to a really simple riff, this is another love song about trying to tell the person he loves how he feels. It's pretty effective, only having the drums and bass come in on the chorus, and it shows just how good Billie's voice is. They make good use of harmonies in the chorus, it's pretty standard Green Day, but enjoyable while it lasts, THE ONE I WANT This song is slower and more simple, but still as effective as what's gone before. It's yet another song about trying to tell someone how he feels and imagining what will happen when he finally does. I WANT TO BE ALONE A really spiky, aggressive, shouty song to end the album on. It ends the album really well he's basically just emphasizing that he doesn't want anyone's help, what's going on inside his head is his business and he just wants to be alone. It's an album for the Green Day completist; it probably would be appreciated as much without listening to their other albums first, but to any Green Day fan that hasn't already got it, I strongly recommend it.

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              Having been an avid Green Day fan for so long, it occurred to me that going out and buying both 1039... and Kerplunk was gonna be a necessity. So aprehensively, I parted with my money, got home and immediately put 1039 into the player. And I was more than pleasantly surprised! There's a certain 'rawness' about 1039, the whole album feels like an unrefined version of Dookie, like something that the band knocked up in, say, a day at the studio! Basically, 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is a collaberation of 3 EP's, '1000 Hours EP', 'Slappy EP' and the '39/Smooth' album. Some instant classics such as die-hard fan favourite 'Going To Pasalacqua' and the feel-good cover of Operation Ivy's 'Knowledge', as well as a whole album of good tracks for the 'punk wannabe' in all of us! This album is probably best suited to the Green Day fan rather than the casual listener as really it marks the start of the story of Green Day. 1039 tells us where they came from, Kerplunk begins their evolution into the huge musical entity that they are today. Dookie and albums thereafter go to prove that you can hit the big-time and STILL retain the good old values inherant in Green Day's music. Give it a whirl, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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                The only reason I bought this album was for the 'How to dance like a west Delta poseur tweet' instructions on the back of the CD-cover. Ok, ok, I'm lying, but they were worth a mention, no, I didn't make them up, they really are there! The album is a mixture of a former album '39/smooth' and two Ep's 'Slappy Ep' and '1,000 Hours Ep'. Hence, the name of this album, if you were wondering... It was released in 1990, and yes, they do sound very young, but still very good. Green Day in the making. Some of the lyrics are typically 17 years old boys brain thoughts, no, not sex, but school/relationships/feelings, and the first track is a bit like that. At The Library is the first song of the album, and luckily it is not bad, so you don't switch off straight away. It's all about seeing a girl at the library, fancying her, but then her meeting her boyfriend, etc. I dunno why I think that this is typical 'adolescent boy' but I do, and I like it. I'm not gonna be all hypocritical about their age, as ageism really p*sses me off, but I seriously think that Green Day have done really well with this nearly first album. I find that most albums from young bands to be really quite bad, and that the first is more of a 'practice'. As we can see and hear from Smoothed Out Slappy, that the guys are even more talented than that. Not only have they mastered there own sound on there 'first' album, but they took it from earlier work, so they were this good at an even younger Green Day stage. Track 5 gives us the song 'Green Day'. When I read that the band had a song going by the same name I didn't think that that was very clever, but the lyrics fit the title perfectly, and to call it anything else would have been silly...I guess that's just me being mean in hindsight. I like the first two lines too. 'A small cloud has fallen, The white mist hits the groun
                d'...how nice!! The song that comes after this song is one of my favourites from the album. 'Going To Pasalacqua'. Quite a mouthful, but luckily the lyrics don't include the title, so you don't have to sing it. The lyrics also make me think about my life, which isn't good, cause it isn't on a positive note, but that isn't what the song is about. It does remind me that the guys were the same age as me when they wrote this, and have the same thoughts as me, well, you know...I'll have to write the lyrics to explain. 'Would I last forever? You and I together, hand in hand, we run away (far away) I'm in for nasty weather But I'll take whatever you can give that comes my way' Relationships don't really matter at my age really, do they... Anyway, back onto they album. The next song is called 16, and it reminds me of the 60's song 'Girl I want to be with you all of the time (all day, and all of the night). It has a really really good bass bit, which I really like and good lyrics, so, in my opinion, another good song! Rest is a track which is simple, slow, and has few lyrics. I don't actually like it that much, but it adds to the album nicely. It shows that Green Day are not always fast beats and can add some nice harmonies, but it is slow. Not that I skip the track or anything though. With this album I can safely say that you can listen to all *19* tracks without getting bored. All of the songs are by Green Day, except for Knowledge which is by 'Operation Ivy', no I haven't heard of them, but I just thought you might have, so I added that... Track 11, Paper Lanterns is pure Green Day. It's not too slow, or too fast, and if you have heard songs from Insomniac or Dookie, and like them, you will instantly like this one too. This is a fantastic album, and even if you are not too sure about listening to earlier work by the band, I suggest that
                you do. Some songs are so different, and some are in the same Green Day style that they use now. The songs are from three different CD's, so you get a wide range of Green Day, and the album has 19 tracks, so you can take your pick which ones to like, and which ones to love. You have to give them *big* credit for such success at such a young age, (my age!!. If you like Green Day, and would like to hear them in the early stages of their success and want to get a taste of them raw, just spend 1039 smoothed out slappy hours listening to the album...or just 56 minutes, 34 seconds, actually!

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                  1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is Green Day’s first album, recorded when they where just 18. It’s actually a compilation of their debut album 39/Smooth (the first ten tracks), the Slappy EP (tracks 11-14) and the 1,000 Hours EP (tracks 15-18). I want to be alone (Track 19) was featured on a punk compilation. So they compiled all the tracks together into one place and combined all the titles together to come up with this. Recorded on the Lookout Label, it was recorded in two days for about $200, so the production isn’t great, but the great little melodies still shine through. The lyrics aren’t always great, they are often simplistic and clumsy in places, but the classic Green Day sound is there. Typically of Green Day, the songs are about growing up, feeling like you’re the “odd one out”. They’re typically teenage downbeat lyrics, with an upbeat tune. The songs are quick, no messing about, mostly weighing in at less than 3 minutes long. The Green Day line-up was different on this record – Tre Cool hadn’t yet joined, so drums where provided by John Keftimeyer, who is not as naturally gifted as Tre, but is a capable drummer. John left after this album to go to college, and missed out on Green Day going huge. AT THE LIBRARY This gets the album of to a great start, a simple riff with a great bassline. It’s a song about unrequited love, seeing someone you like, but not having the courage to go up and talk to them, wishing they would go away so you could ask them at a better time, and then when you’re ready, it’s too late. DON’T LEAVE ME Another simple riff, with a more pronounced bassline on this track. It’s a short song about how far he’ll go to hang on to his girlfriend. Mike’s backing vocals really drive this song along well. I WAS THERE Is the first really outstanding song on the album, with a great drumbeat
                  and another great bass, the guitar is slightly quieter, all moving along pretty briskly. This is about looking into the past and remembering old times and trying to live them out again, but at the same time trying to look to the future. It’s quite upbeat and lifting, one of the best songs on the album. DISAPPEARING BOY This one has a great little riff; it’s another fast one, with more great vocal harmonies from Mike in the background. The lyrics are slightly more obtuse in this song, they’re clumsy in places but the tune saves the song. Billie puts himself in the place of a boy who can disappear when things start to go wrong, instead of just running away. GREEN DAY This self-titled track relies heavily on the bass-line and drums; it’s more lumbering and dreamy than the previous songs on the album. The lyrics are descriptions of weird things they have seen while smoking more than just cigarettes. GOING TO PASALACQUA This song picks the pace right up again; it’s another loud song that’s driven mainly by the lead guitar. It’s a song about the beginnings of infatuation with someone, which comes on just when it’s not expected, and the sleepless nights that it brings. Billie sums up his pessimistic view on life saying “Would it last forever”, showing he has no confidence in whatever he does going right. 16 This song has a great riff, and a really funky bass line that makes you want to dance. The lyrics are typical of being 16, wanting it to last forever, and slipping back into memories you wish you could live over and over, while wondering what the future holds for you and where exactly you fit in. ROAD TO ACCEPTANCE This is one of the fastest songs on the album, and if you’re not jumping around by now, you will be. This song has great pace and vigour, driven by lyrics about growing up and trying to get people to accept you. It’s obviou
                  sly a song about love to, as Billie talks about changing the way he is in order to win her affections. REST This is a really slow, dreamy song, perfect for nighttime listening before you go to sleep. It’s a sad love song about trying to win someone’s heart, and it’s almost as if the song is told in a dream, he talks about the angel dancing away, when he thought things had changed. It sums up how just when you think things are about to get better, things invariably get worse again. THE JUDGE’S DAUGHTER The slow pace doesn’t last for long, and the album explodes back into life with this up-tempo rocky number. It’s a song about realising you love someone else when you’re going without with somebody, and trying to figure out if it’s worth changing everything to take a new chance at love. PAPER LANTERNS This song is my favourite on the album; it has great lyrics, a great bassline, and an even better riff, which goes up and down the fret board. It’s a song about loving someone that will never love you back, how you know you will never be more than friends, but you just can’t get them off your mind. He just wants these feelings to end, but every time he thinks he’s over it, it pops back up again. WHY DO YOU WANT HIM A really fast riff opens this song, and the pace continues the whole way through the song, which compensates somewhat for the simple lyrics in the song. It’s a pretty standard song about wondering why this girl stays with this guy who just makes her cry and hurts her all the time. Billie wrote this song about his mother when she was going through trouble with her new boyfriend after Billie’s father died. 409 IN YOUR COFFEEMAKER The oddest title on the album is one of the best songs on the album as well. It’s another simple riff, and is the first song in a while to make real use of Mike’s backing vocals. It&
                  #8217;s another reflective song, about looking back at what is in the past and wondering where he went wrong and what he could have done to change things for the better. KNOWLEDGE This is a cover of the old Operation Ivy song, and its really cool. It opens with mainly Billie’s vocals, and is mainly just a piano, the bass and vocals, until there is a guitar solo in the middle. It’s more ska than punk, and it’s clearly just them doing one of their favourite songs for a bit of a laugh. The live versions they play now of this song are brilliant, where they get someone out of the audience to play guitar on it. 1,000 HOURS This song resumes normal pace, with a really simple but really fast riff, and an equally simple bassline. It’s another love song, again it’s imagining what could be, wondering what they’ll do when they finally get together, and Billie trying to convey how much he loves her and how sincere his feeling are. DRY ICE This is another of my favourite songs, it’s got a fantastic tune, it’s fast, Mike excels on backing vocals and it has really powerful lyrics. It’s a really sad song, about dreaming of the girl he loves, only to wake up and find that she’s not there, and the deflated feeling that brings. He is desperately trying to tell her how he feels, but he just can’t get it out. This is the type of song Green Day do best. ONLY OF YOU Going back to a really simple riff, this is another love song about trying to tell the person he loves how he feels. It’s pretty effective, only having the drums and bass come in on the chorus, and it shows just how good Billie’s voice is. They make good use of harmonies in the chorus, it’s pretty standard Green Day, but enjoyable while it lasts, THE ONE I WANT This song is slower and more simple, but still as effective as what’s gone before. It’s yet another song abou
                  t trying to tell someone how he feels and imagining what will happen when he finally does. I WANT TO BE ALONE A really spiky, aggressive, shouty song to end the album on. It ends the album really well he’s basically just emphasizing that he doesn’t want anyone’s help, what’s going on inside his head is his business and he just wants to be alone. Overall, possibly Green Day’s weakest album, hampered by having 19 tracks, so obviously there are going to be a few dub ones, but there are a fair share of really excellent tunes there as well. The lyrical content of the songs might be pretty similar, but they did write them between the ages of 13 and 17, so they didn’t have that much experience of the world to fall back on, and just wrote about things that they understood. Things teenagers understand are about being misunderstood, self-hatred, doubt about growing up, and probably most of all love, and here they manage to express these feelings really well. It’s an album for the Green Day completist; it probably would be appreciated as much without listening to their other albums first, but to any Green Day fan that hasn’t already got it, I strongly recommend it.

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                    03.09.2000 03:51

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                    This first Green Day effort is laden with the problems inherent in the band. First, many of the songs sound very similar. This is not a problem for the fan, but it isn't going to win over any new supporters. Second, the songs are often pitifully short, which while not a problem in itself, unfortunately here means that the best tunes are eclipsed by a multitude of inferior ones. That said, At the Library and 409 in your Coffeemaker almost make this album worth having on their own - but sadly, they're too short. One for the fan, this album.

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                    19.07.2000 21:48

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                    1039/Smoothed out slappy hours was Green Days first album out on general release but there were no real songs on it as it was made up of their very first album '39/smothed' and their first 2 Eps '1000 hours and 'Slappy'. Half way through listening to this album you find yourself wondering whether you have in on repeat as it all sounds very simular. but you can easily fogive Green Day for this as you can hear how their sound evoles in their second album 'Kerplunk'. The only really good song in my opinion on this album is a cover of "Knowledge" originally sung by "Operation Ivy". I wouldnt recoment this album to anyone but if your a green day fan its worth listening too.

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                    06.07.2000 02:25
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                    This album is a great bargain since it is made up of 3 great albums. "1,000 Hours" and "Slappy" are EP's that you will not find out of this album so it's a bit of a rarety. This was the 4th Green Day album I bought and I was a bit suprised having listened to all the other albums. Billie Joe's voice really captures the age in which they recorded it. 39/Smooth consists of the great "Disappearing Boy" and "Green Day". The raw sounds of these songs really will get you interested in Green Day. Seen as they recorded this when they were 17 it's superb.

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                    30.06.2000 03:00
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                    1,039/smoothed out slappy hours is a great reminder of what punk rock is all about. All of the tracks have their good points, my personal favouriteis the track '16'. A lot of Green Day's other albums have a fairly strong message, but this is just about living life's ups and downs, and taking it all as it comes. It was the fourth Green Day album that i bought, and i prefer it to 'Insomniac' and 'Nimrod', although these are great albums too. If you like this, Blink 182's 'Dude Ranch' is another album about growing up. Enjoy.

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                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 At The Library
                  2 Don't Leave Me
                  3 I Was There
                  4 Disappearing Boy
                  5 Green Day
                  6 Going To Pasalacqua
                  7 16
                  8 Road To Acceptance
                  9 Rest
                  10 Judge's Daughter
                  11 Paper Lanterns
                  12 Why Do You Want Him
                  13 409 In Your Coffeemaker
                  14 Knowledge
                  15 1000 Hours
                  16 Dry Ice
                  17 Only Of You
                  18 One I Want
                  19 I Want To Be Alone